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Old 09-29-2006, 12:43 AM  
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Recently I purchased a Maytag ceramic glass cooktop. It is so much work to keep clean. I heard it was easier to keep clean. I would take my electric coil one any day after having this one. People who love them must not cook much. They are the awful to fry things. It is pretty to look at though. Any suggestions on keeping it clean? What kind of pots and pans are best to use?



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I use soap/water and Lysol to clean mine.

Just a friendly warning to be careful. They scratch quite easy and once they do it's for good. So far I have yet to find a way to cover the scratches.



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G'day,

Some cleaning tips...

http://www.applianceaid.com/cerantop.html

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What kind of cookware can I use on a glass smoothtop?

Amana does not endorse any particular cookware brand for use on a smoothtop. We do not recommend using any glass, glass-ceramic, enamel-porcelain coated, or cast iron cookware. Small imperfections on the bottom of such cookware can scratch the smoothtop surface. While the surface is not “scratch-proof”, it is highly scratch and impact resistant. With proper cooking utensils and care, it will continue looking good through years of use.

The cookware’s bottom diameter should closely match the size of the heating element or burner area for the best cooking efficiency. Pots and pans that are too large (extending more than one inch over the sides) may cause cooking times to increase. Pots and pans that are much smaller will result in energy loss and could increase the potential for accidents.

We recommend using heavy-gauge metal cookware that has a smooth, flat bottom. The flatter the bottom surface, the better it will receive heat from the element and conduct heat to the food. Cookware that is warped or curved on the bottom will result in slow heat-up times and may not even boil water. Many brands feature cookware with an aluminum disk on the bottom, which makes good contact with the cooking surface.

To verify if a pan has an absolutely flat bottom, take a ruler with you to the store when you shop. Follow these steps:
Place a ruler along the bottom of the pan.
Rotate the straight edge a full 360o around the bottom of the pan.
Check for flatness in all directions.
If you see light or a gap between the ruler and the pan bottom, the pan will not cook efficiently.

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If a glass cooktop is so hard to keep clean and new looking then why do people buy them? I had no idea it would be like this. Are you telling me Staub cookware is not good to use because it has an enamel-porcelain coated finish on it? It says it can be used on glass cooktops. It is cast-iron in the inside.

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Not *I*...but -we- ( Amana. Maytag, MagicChef )...

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We do not recommend using any glass, glass-ceramic, enamel-porcelain coated, or cast iron cookware.
Ours so far is easy to keep clean

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I cooked tonight on it and when I took the pot off the cooktop there were white marks on it. Last night the same thing and it took me hours to get it clean. I used flat bottom pots made out of stainless steele. I love to use cast iron to cook. Is there anything out there made with cast iron on the inside and stainless on the outside?

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I have used Revereware copper bottom pots that are about 45 years old and they do not leave any marks, however it is not recommended using copper bottom pots. I am totally confused.

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I cooked tonight on it and when I took the pot off the cooktop there were white marks on it
Water marks?

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Is there anything out there made with cast iron on the inside and stainless on the outside?
Might find something....

http://www.epinions.com/hmgd-Cookware-All

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Revereware copper bottom pots that are about 45 years old and they do not leave any marks, however it is not recommended using copper bottom pots
I have ( and use ) a couple of glass pans, also not recommended but they work well for me/us

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Jeff, thanks for the info. The white marks must not be water because I have to really scrub to get off. I have to leave a wet paper towel over marks for a long time and keep scrubing it off and on to get off.

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The white marks must not be water because I have to really scrub to get off.
Water marks are often a boil over or water on the pot bottom that gets flash boiled when it touches the element, this can leave the chemicals from water which gets kinda cooked onto the top.

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